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Keeping It Safe: Pool Safety at Parties and Commercial Pools

Posted on: May 28th, 2013 by Dave No Comments

Although many recent news stories that describe child drownings at pools involve those children who wandered in the back yard while no one was around and fell in, there have been drownings that have occurred in front of dozens of people at pool parties, barbecues, and even commercial pool locations at country clubs, hotels, and apartments.  Everyone is having a great time, there’s music playing, and no one notices a child slip under the water who may not be a swimmer. No one wants this to happen to their children let alone to a friend or family member’s child.

As summer rolls around and the pool parties pick up the pace with the rise in temperature, it’s important to think about how to ensure safety while still having a great time.

Home Parties

When you are having a pool party, you need to make sure all your guests are safe. Here are some tips to consider:

  • Hire a certified lifeguard from the park and recreation department. They can keep an eye on everyone in the pool in case any guest is distracted.poolparty1
  • Insist that each person who has a child in the pool get in the pool with them or be responsible for their own child. Otherwise, do not let them get in the pool. As harsh as this sounds, you are trying to play host, chef, and drinks server. Being a lifeguard on top of that is a tall order.
  • Make sure the swimming pool gate and fencing is secure to keep little ones from entering the pool area.
  • Stay alert and be smart.

Commercial Pools

When you go use a country club, hotel, or apartment pool, you cannot assume you and your children are safe. Many of these do not have lifeguards on duty so you are still responsible for your children. Just this weekend, we went to an amazing pool at a country club in the mountains.

The massive swimming pool had four lifeguards on duty spaced evenly around the pool. They were completely focused on those in the pool, which gave us parents cause to relax and enjoy our drinks in the sun. The lifeguards blew their whistle at any kid that dared run next to the pool.

However, that did not mean forget them. We were like hawks, continually scanning the pool to see where the little monkeys were at. It only takes a second for everything to go horribly wrong, so don’t rely on lifeguards. Keep an eye on your kids and, most importantly, keep them slathered up with sunscreen. Even though it was only in the 70s, sunburns can happen.

Also, be sure to keep your kids away from the spa. At commercial pools, kids under 18 are typically not allowed but that doesn’t mean that they won’t try. The spa is too hot for young ones so keep them far away.

Many apartments and hotels do not have lifeguards so you must stay on top of what your kids are doing in the pool. Better yet, jump in there with them. That’s what we did. Not only is it a blast, but it is also a great way to monitor what they are doing in the pool so they stay safe.

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Why Draining Your Swimming Pool Could be a Hazard

Posted on: December 10th, 2012 by Dave No Comments

It’s something many people do every year without thinking twice — they drain their swimming pool for the winter even here in the Antelope Valley. It’s something that many people would first think to do when making a swimming pool repair and sometimes even less experienced pool installation companies might even suggest it.

However, we suggest you do just the opposite and only ever drain your swimming pool if you absolutely have to and here’s why.

The Drainage Hazard

First and foremost, draining your swimming pool can become a hazard to your bank account. As you probably know, pool repairs are not exactly cheap and being that they are a very specialized type of repair. Not everyone can do them… well, do them right at least.

What’s even more expensive than pool repairs? Rebuilding the entire thing after it’s caved in and this can happen if you drain your swimming pool. Now, with most new pools, you won’t have this problem, but there is always a chance that it could happen.

Depending where the pool is built, some pools weren’t built to hold up all the dirt pressure without the water pressures assistance, so if you drain an in-ground pool, then the whole thing might just fall apart. Imagine having to pay for a completely new swimming pool a second time!

Now that we have covered in-ground pools, there are also hazards with above ground swimming pools. These pools also should not be drained as this can damage and tear the liner, which as you can expect is not an easy or inexpensive fix. Once again, most all swimming pool repairs can be conducted without draining the pools.

The Health Hazard

It isn’t common, but it has happened before with small children and animals. Deep in-ground swimming pools tend to only pose a threat to people who can’t swim, but empty ones can cause all kinds of trouble.

Chances are you have a pool gate, but accidents still happen and falling into an emptied pool that is eight feet at its deepest is going to hurt. If you must drain your pool, always make sure to handle the repairs and get it refilled again as soon as possible to prevent injury and remember to only allow professional companies like us at Aqueous Pools make the repairs.

Poolside Safety: The Importance of Pool Fences and Ground Rules

Posted on: October 3rd, 2012 by Dave No Comments

Swimming pools are a great way to cool off in this heat. They are great for parties not to mention swimming is one of the very greatest forms of exercise.

However, it is very important to remember the need for pool safety and the measures that can be taken to keep people safe. Aside from playing it safe, there is another great way to maintain safety from everyone and keep the pool inaccessible to animals and children when you aren’t able to supervise them — a pool safety fence.

Fences are the Best Defense

There are many types of pool fences and it would be literally impossible to cover them all in this blog. In fact, chances are you can get any type of fence you want – and the choices are often based on your budget and the type of area you need to fence.

For those of you in the market for something more economical and easily moved and stored, there are a number of companies on the market that offer the easy take down fences. These typically are made of mesh with poles that simply need some holes drilled in the concrete to keep the fencing in place while in use.

The other type of pool fence is the more commonly seen stationary fence that makes safety a more permanent proposition. These can be made of wood, block, brick, wrought iron, chain-link and even PVC. These also serve the dual purpose of offering additional privacy and are less likely to be broken into by clever children or precocious pets.

The Importance of Ground Rules

A wise man once said, “Common sense is not so common,” and since there are so many examples where people don’t always think before doing things, this saying often holds true.

Kids look for what is fun, and running around that slippery wet pool does look fun at that age. However, it’s just not safe. Establishing ground rules can really help to maintain safety around the swimming pool:

  • No running and not even fast walk.
  • Be courteous to others and pay attention to what you are doing.
  • No diving unless you have a deep enough pool for it.

If you teach your kids to be safe when in and around pools from a young age, they will grow to love and respect the pool, the water, and all its beauty. At the same time, it’s best to back that training up with a pool safety fence and continual supervision when your kids and their friends are near or in the swimming pool.

Swimming Pools and Pets: Keeping it Safe and Fun for Fido

Posted on: September 20th, 2012 by Dave 1 Comment

Everyone knows that your BFF (best fluffy friend) wants to be with you at all times and join in what you are doing, and for many breeds of dogs that also means jumping in the swimming pool with you. Despite many dogs’ ability to swim and paddle around, it is still important to have some safety measures in place or equipment to help at the very least, especially when it involves getting them in and out of the swimming pool.

Here are some ideas:

  • Install safety fencing around the swimming pool if you don’t have this already. Your pets are like your kids – you love them dearly and you want to make sure they are safe by keeping them away from the swimming pool when you cannot monitor them.
  • Add a ramp, which can help pets get in and out of the swimming pool.
  • Consider using a pet safety pool immersion alarm, which will help alert you if your pet has fallen in and needs your help. These alarms often come with a wristband that can be placed on your pet to help the alarm work properly.
  • Keep all swimming pool chemicals locked up so that your pets cannot get into them. These are deadly. While your pool equipment may not be harmful to your pet, they may want to chew on the equipment, which would end up creating an unnecessary cost, so you probably will want to keep these in shed or behind a fence.
  • Have a life jacket for your pet to help them, especially when they get older and cannot swim as much as they once had.

And, to keep your swimming pool free of debris and dog hair, you might just want to buy your pet their own portable swimming pool!

Swimming Pool Concerns to Remember This Summer

Posted on: June 14th, 2012 by Dave No Comments

Recent articles that have appeared online about swimming pool safety and swimming pool maintenance showed some surprising facts about what some people in this country do in relation to their swimming pool that should be addressed.

Swimming Pool Health and Safety Issues

A recent article that appeared on Yahoo Finance noted some interesting statistics and ideas about swimming pools:

  • The Water Quality and Health Council found that 81% of Americans believe that others are most likely urinating in swimming pools while 20% actually admit that they have used a pool as if it was a toilet. Ewwwww!
  • Because of contamination concerns, it is recommended that swimmers wash with soap and water BEFORE hitting the pool to get rid of any germs they can to help protect themselves and others in the swimming pool.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that chlorine and pH levels be checked regularly before jumping into the swimming pool. This should be done approximately three times a week, especially if the swimming pool is being used often in the summer time.  You may even want to take some of the test strips with you on vacation to test the hotel pool before you use it.
  • Don’t use or let your children use the swimming pool if they have had diarrhea recently or still have it. The swimming pool water can easily spread the contaminants, making other swimmers sick.
  • Don’t drink the water! Teach children to keep their mouth closed when in the swimming pool as much as possible so that they do not risk sipping contaminated water.
  • Be sure that all those using the swimming pool know the basic safety rules around and in the swimming pool to keep everyone safe.

Swimming Pool Safety and Continued Drowning Cases

While the aforementioned items are important, what is even more critical is the fact that drowning cases in swimming pools continue throughout the United States, and nearly every case could have been avoided if swimming pool safety had been the priority.

Just recently, some drowning cases were reported in Sacramento, California, including a two-year old and a 14-month old. In total, there were five drowning and near-drowning incidents in a week in this area of the country alone.

All cases share similarities – there were no safety fences around the pool or other safety pool devices in place, and the children were left unattended nearby to a swimming pool.This is a recipe for disaster.

As a father of two boys and as a swimming pool professional, I cannot stress the importance of swimming pool safety enough! I gladly install safety devices for swimming pools or work with other professionals that can ensure that your loved ones and their friends are safe in and around the swimming pool all year round!